Authors Note: Thanks to Mike Gaddy for data included in this commentary. While I could have written it without that data, it wouldn’t have been as effective without it. Thanks Mike….
Lately I’ve been harping on the fact that the truth doesn’t matter anymore; that people are content to live their lives believing comfortable lies. Occasionally on this journey of mine, I’ve stumbled across people whose eyes have already been opened and can differentiate between the truth and the lie most others believe. However the rest of those I encounter, not only reject any efforts to learn the truth; they shun it like the plague. I guess ole Van Loon was right when he said, “Any formal attack on ignorance is bound to fail because the masses are always ready to defend their most precious possession – their ignorance.”
Not only are most willing to defend their ignorance, they often go on the offense when someone approaches them bearing the truth. This whole political correctness nonsense is a perfect example; silencing open debate of the truth in favor of keeping everyone’s feelings protected against things which might upset them.
I’m here to tell you; that shit doesn’t work with me. For political correctness to have any power over a person, that person has to care whether or not the things they do or say will hurt someone’s feelings, or offend them. I care about neither; I only care about the truth. I do not intentionally set out to hurt people’s feelings, offend them, or piss them off; but I don’t back down if those things happen to occur while I’m attempting to disseminate the truth.
I see it this way, the spreading of the truth is a righteous cause and one which I take seriously. I compare it to the life of John the Baptist; who paved the way for those who would accept the coming of Christ. There were those that listened to John’s message and repented and were baptized in the River Jordan. Then there were those who ignored his message of their sin and need for repentance. There were also those who were so heavily invested in the lie that they openly condemned John; eventually leading to his death at the hands of King Herod.
People today have been taught, (indoctrinated is a better word), to react emotionally to any discussion of the facts in regards to certain issues. When the truth threatens to burst their bubble of comfort they go on the offensive; attacking the bearer of these unpleasant FACTS. Often names are hurled at the bearer of truth in an attempt to dissuade anyone from listening to them which would then cause them to be labeled as insensitive, racist, sexist, homophobic, or any of the other names assigned to those who speak the truth against popularly held beliefs.
Like I said, for these tactics to work on me, I have to care about what you think of me. Since I don’t care one way or the other whether anyone, (aside from my immediate family), likes me, your insults are futile and do nothing but possibly make you feel good about yourself.
The problem with many of those who live in this bubble of political correctness is that they are not content to live their lives believing a lie; they believe they won’t be happy until they have forced everyone else to believe the lie too.
This force or coercion goes against the principle of live and let live; and it is found in regards to all manner of subjects; most of which set off politically incorrect alarm bells the moment someone begins introducing facts into the equation. I have never demanded that you see things my way; I only ask that you open your mind to the possibility that the facts you base your opinions on may be untrue. I only ask for my day in court, so to speak, when the truths I present will be given fair weight and consideration without your emotional knee jerk reactions and the inevitable insults which follow.
Unfortunately, what I hope for requires that people actually think about what I have to say. Most people are loathe to think; either that or it has become a lost art; something which they have not been taught to do properly. I’m reminded of the quote by Thomas Edison where he states, “Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.”
Which leads us to another quote; this one from Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace, “Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.”
Tolstoy’s quote ties directly into Edison’s in that those who think they are thinking have not put aside their personal prejudices and biases and are coming to conclusions about facts and events based upon emotional responses, rather than the process of critical thinking. It is also why, in a society of zombies, the truth doesn’t stand a chance.
There are certain issues where both sides of the issue are so emotionally involved in their side that they cannot see the truth that is in the middle ground. These zealots, as I like to call them, will not tolerate anyone who disagrees with their beliefs; their goal is to force their views upon everyone else.
In a land that has the audacity to proclaim itself the land of the free, forcing your beliefs upon anyone runs contrary to the very idea of freedom itself. But freedom is like a two sided coin; on the one hand you are free to speak your beliefs on the issues at hand, but at the same time you cannot cry foul when someone else speaks up with facts that shoot your belief down in flames. To do so violates the rights of those who disagree with you.
Let’s take a look at the subject of homosexuality as an example.
Let me say this right at the beginning; I believe homosexuality to be a sin; not a crime, but a sin. I am not a church going man, (I believe organized religion is a scam and refuse to participate in it; much like I refuse to participate in the scam of voting for who will be my slave master). That being said, I do believe in God and His Son, Jesus Christ; and that the Bible contains the Word of God.
In both the Old Testament book of Leviticus and the New Testament book of Romans it declares that homosexuality is a sin. If one believes that the Bible is, in fact, the Word of God, then one must accept that homosexuality is a sin before God’s eyes.
However, the Bible also says, “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”
There is not a person living today who is perfect, without sin; and as Christ said let he who is without sin cast the first stone. It is not my place to judge homosexuals for their sins; that judgment is reserved to God.
Those who fight so hard against gay rights, basing their stand on the issue upon their religious beliefs, forget that fact, that we are all sinners and should not worry so much about what others are doing, but with what we ourselves are doing which violates Gods Law; live and let live.
On the other hand, there are those in the LBGT community who won’t be happy until they have forced everyone else to accept that their position on the issue is the right one. Both sides are guilty of a great deal of intolerance towards anyone who disagrees with their beliefs.
I’d rather base my opinions of a person on how they treat me as an individual, or how well they do their job; not based upon who they choose to sleep with. As long as you don’t attempt to force feed your beliefs to me I could care less if you are gay or straight; it really doesn’t even come into consideration when it comes to deciding who I chose to be friends with.
The same goes for the Pro Life/Pro Choice movements. I believe abortion is murder, plain and simple. I believe that the willful terminating of a pregnancy before the child is born is no less a crime than putting a bullet in its head the moment it leaves the womb and begins breathing air. But are those who bomb abortion clinics any better than those who utilize them to get abortions? Believe me when I say, I believe God has a special place in hell reserved for those who perform abortions, and those who utilize abortion as an answer to an unwanted pregnancy.
But again, it is not my place to judge these people; that’s up to God and the time will come when we all face the consequences of the choices we’ve made in our lives.
Those are just two of the hot button subjects where when one introduces facts into the discussion the fireworks begin; there are many others.
Race relations are another of these hot button issues. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it seems like those in power and in the media have used every opportunity at their disposal to keep the fires of racial division burning. It’s much easier to control a people when they are too busy fighting amongst themselves to notice the crimes being committed against the whole of the nation.
There are those in the black community who blame all their problems on the white’s in America today, and trace all their problems back to the evil of slavery. Although there has been residual prejudice and animosity between the races; slavery hasn’t existed as a practice in America for over 150 yrs; GET OVER IT! I’ve never owned a slave, my parents never owned slaves, and most likely their parents never did either. At the same time, you are not a slave, nor were your parents, or their parents. Like I said; get over it and stop blaming your current predicament on slavery.
I do not judge anyone based upon their skin pigmentation; and that goes for all races. Yet the same cannot be said for everyone; and this goes for both sides of the issue. There are those who judge all blacks; believing them to be all be criminals and miscreants, and there are those in the black community who blame all whites for their problem while ignoring the problems that do exist within their communities.
Look at this whole Black Lives Matter movement, and men like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton; what have they done to raise up the black people in this country? Not a damned thing, that’s what! They exist solely to raise up those who profit, get their names in the paper, and make others feel for their plight. But they have achieved nothing in obtaining equality or justice for those they profess to represent.
Statistically, at least in the larger cities of America, blacks are more likely to commit crimes than those of other skin pigmentation. It’s a fact; the FBI, the CDC, and a slew of law enforcement agencies back this up with all kinds of data.
Yet when a white cop kills a black man the Black Lives Matter movement, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and their sidekicks in the media, goes to work making it out like it was a case of unnecessary violence against the Christ child himself.
What about the fact that in Chicago alone 434 blacks have been killed by other blacks in this year to date? In Baltimore, Cleveland, Atlanta, Oakland, Detroit, and almost all the major cities across the country, black on black crime, particularly violent crime, leads all others; often ending in the death of blacks by other blacks. Where was Black Lives Matter all this time, or Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, or the media as far as that goes? Do not THOSE black lives matter?
What about all those of other skin pigmentation killed by blacks; often in the most violent and gruesome of methods; do their lives not matter?
You could Google Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom who were tortured and killed by black men. According to the coroner’s report, Channon suffered injuries to her vagina, anus, and mouth after repeated rapes. Bleach was then poured down her throat while she was still alive to remove DNA evidence. She was tied with curtains and strips of bed sheets, her face covered with a plastic bag, then left to suffocate.
Her boyfriend had also been raped, shot twice in the back, a bag put over his head, and then shot in the head, and his body set afire to dispose of the evidence. Yet not a peep from the media, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton. (This was before the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement)
Why don’t you Google the name Antonio West and read about this young boy who holds the record for being one of the youngest murder victims in our nation’s history. Why don’t you read about how two young black men shot him in the face while they attempted to rob his mother?
You didn’t hear Obama say that Antonio could have been like him, like young Trayvon Martin was. You didn’t hear Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton cry out for poor young Antonio; savagely murdered by two young black thugs who also shot and killed his mother after a failed robbery attempt.
There are no T shirts with Antonio’s face on them, there is no White Lives Matter movement rushing to Georgia to protest his death, and there is no White Panther Party placing bounties on the heads of those guilty of committing this horrific crime.
These are not isolated instances, they are an everyday occurrence; yet we do not hear about them because the reporting of them do not serve the medias agenda; whatever it may be. Why is it that we have not seen nationwide coverage, 24/7, of the following deaths; all of which occurred over a period of less than 60 days:
Jimmie Norman, white male murdered by black male. No national news. 7/18- Terry Taylor, white male murdered by black male. No national news. 7/17- Cindy Raygoza, white female murdered by black male. No national news. 7/11- Luis Aguilar, 91 year old hispanic male murdered by black male. No national news. 7/10- Brittany Simpson, white female murdered by black male. No national news. 7/6- Sarah Goode, white female murdered by black male. No national news. 7/6- Jeffrey Westerfield, white male murdered by black male. No national news. 7/5- Perry Renn, white male murdered by black male. No national news. 7/3- Laurey Kennedy, white female still in coma from beating by black male. No national news. 7/3 Eric Mollet, white male murdered by black male. No national news. 7/2 Rupert Anderson, white male murdered by black male. No national news. 7/2 Jennifer Kingeter, white female murdered by black male. No national news. 6/30 Jim Brennan, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/29 Paul Shephard, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/27 Shirley Barone, white female, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/27 Penelope Spencer, white female, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/27 Inga Evans, white female, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/26 Jake Rameau, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/25 Gina Burger, white female, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/24 Nathan Dasher, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/22 Jonathan Price, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/20 John Whitmore, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/18 John Yingling, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/17 Allyn Reeves, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/15 Michael Beaver, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/11 Angela Cook, white female, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/11 Nathan Hall, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/7 Harry Briggs, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/5 Laura Bachman, white female, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/2 Robert Mohler, white male, murdered by black male. No national news. 6/1 William Headley, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
Why is that; do white lives not matter?
I’m not trying to stir the fires of racial division in America; believe me they are hot enough without my help. What I am trying to do is get you to see that there are two sides to every story and that while the Black Lives Matter movement has the public’s attention and sympathy, when someone begins crying that White Lives Matter too, they are labeled a racist.
All I’m trying to do is get you to see the truth; the WHOLE TRUTH, not just the truth the news media and select public personalities want you to hear. Yet for the most part my attempts have been utter failures; people do not want to hear the truth. It matters not whether it is in regards to the truth regarding the Civil War, or the corruption in government; people are more comfortable believing lies than they are accepting the truth.
I could go on and on and on with this. Pick a subject, almost any subject which is of current interest, and I can show you how you’re thoughts and beliefs have been manipulated, while you ignore the truth whenever it comes close to disrupting your belief that all is well in America.
Pick a subject, be it illegal immigration, the War on Terror, the welfare state, the militarization of our police forces and the rising police state; I can provide facts that most of you have never heard, nor would you believe them were I to present them to you; as they would shatter your illusions and burst your bubble of comfort which has sheltered you from the truth all the years of your lives.
When I was a kid growing up, telling a lie was thought to be a sign of poor character, and believing a lie made you a fool. Look at this country today, with a large portion of the people supporting a person for president who has a proven track record of lying; Hillary Clinton. What does that say about her supporters that they do not care about the fact that the woman is almost incapable of telling, or recognizing the truth?
Seeing as how I’ve been at this for a decade and a half, I have found it a rare instance where the truths I present have been accepted with an open mind and then acted upon. Sure, I’ve heard people say that I’m smart, or that the things I’ve written were interesting; but I’ve yet to hear the one thing that would make me fall to my knees and scream Hallelujah; “What you wrote made me change my views on the subject.”
If any of you have seen the film The Matrix, I often feel like Neo, the moment he awakens in the Matrix and looks around at all those bodies still plugged in; oblivious to the truth that they are slaves to the machine world.
I have all this information inside my head; information that I’ve acquired because I chose not to believe the lies I was being told. But what good is all this information when no one else cares to learn it? What good is information when people place their feelings above the truth?
All I’ve succeeded in doing is pissing people off. But hey, at least I’m accomplishing something! It’s funny though, people demand respect; both for themselves and their opinions, but when it comes to reciprocating and showing respect for the opinions of those they disagree with; well that’s another story altogether.
But you see, I have the advantage over you in this. You may cry foul, that I’ve hurt your feelings or offended you. You can hurl insults at me all day long if you want, but it won’t matter because I’m comfortable in the things I believe in, and more importantly I don’t require your approval to make my life happy. I short, I don’t give a damn what you think of me: the truth is my companion, and if you can’t handle it, that’s your problem, not mine.